Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
I’ve always wanted to read this book, but after reading a few mixed reviews I decided to wait; and seriously I don’t know how someone can not like this book! It’s brilliant!
“You aren’t evil, Nathan. Nothing about you is evil. You will have a powerful Gift, we can all see that, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”
Nathan is half White Witch and half Black Witch, his father is one of the most feared and powerful Black Witches; in a world ruled by pure blood Withe Witches, so that’s definitely not a good start for our hero. Since Nathan nature is unheard of, he’s feared as well, and even though he was brought up by his mother’s family, he was then locked in a cage by the council and abused. The council has an agenda, but Nathan needs to escape because if he doesn’t get three gifts from one of the members of his family on his seventeenth birthday, which will allow him to fully become a witch and unveil his powers, he’ll die. That’s how it works for every witch.
Cos if I’m going to die in a cell I want to have something first. And I think of Arran and Annalise and being in Wales and running and every breath; every breath has to be precious and worth it and something important.
A beautifully written plot develops with unexpected twists and turns; aside from his family, his half brother Arran, whose relationship with Nathan I loved so much, Annalise, a girl Nathan has a crush on, our half bad witch meets a lot of characters, all so well developed and realistic, and all so different from each other, it really makes the book the whole more intriguing.
“The course of true love never did run smooth. But I’m on Team Gabriel.”
I loved everything about this story, and the world building was incredible. I’m not going to say more because you need to have the whole experience. Now I’m so excited to read the next one!